Location: Douglasville, GA
Description: Our client is currently seeking a Production Manager
A growing food/beverage company located in the SOUTHEAST in the Atlanta area is currently searching for a FIRST shift production manager. To be considered, 3-5 years of food/beverage manufacturing experience as a production manager, shift manager or production supervisor is required. A four year degree is preferred but not required. Good work stability is an absolute must! The company offers an excellent starting salary, bonuses, benefits and strong opportunity to grow. Apply now as this is an immediate need!
POSITION SUMMARY Responsible for planning, organizing, directing and monitoring production operations for safety, quality and efficient performance. Requires close communication and coordination with Production Scheduling, Quality Assurance, Maintenance, Warehousing, Purchasing and Human Resources. Drives Continuous Improvement by providing training, tools, data, and CI leadership to Operations. Work very closely with the Technical departments and other Operations Support departments on all forms of continuous improvement projects aimed directly at improving line efficiencies, reducing waste and generally lowering cost of producing product. Develop team's ability to solve their own day-to-day operational issues utilizing team meetings and problem-solving methods. Responsible for the daily operations of production departments on his/her shift. Perform as a proactive, "change agent" leader in the facility, providing support and direction to members of the work team. Lead, motivate, and train employees to achieve production results, improve individual skills, and enhance teamwork. Responsible for the daily operations of production departments in the absence of Team Leaders. PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES SafetyResponsible for ensuring safety in the plant. Ensure a safe work environment by insuring safe work behaviors and safe work conditions, and corrects any deficiencies in a timely manner. Monitors building security. Maintain good housekeeping through the use of 5-S. MethodsEnsure full compliance of GMP's, VFM, housekeeping and floor organization. Provide training to employees as needed e.g., Safety, SOP's and user manuals. Develops and implements new methods, procedures, and systems to improve people performance and overall quality of work life and morale. •Lead quality/continuous improvement initiatives in support of Operations. Take leadership role training and implementing Continuous Improvement Teams. •Implement quality tools such as SPC, "Best Practices", and SOP's. •Lead 5S implementation to establish as a sustained culture. •Identify and evaluate potential inspection, testing methods, techniques and equipment to improve operations. •Setup line trials, analyze data, and coordinate implementation of operational recommendations. •Look for, implement and share Best Practices, both in own plant and other sites in the company. •Identify quality issues and develop solutions to maximize 1st Time Quality and minimize waste. •Supports and complies with all company policies, directives, and procedures. MachinesResponsible for achievement of department efficiency goals and standards, track downtime, develop and implement plans with operators and mechanics to reduce downtime through the use of PETS. Works closely with Maintenance to ensure maximum productivity and provides leadership for technicians in area of responsibility. Work to make manufacturing processes more robust from a quality standpoint. MaterialsDevelop and implement plans to reduce waste and control weights. Responsible for coordination with warehouse to provide necessary supplies to production lines and to have finished product removed from lines. Ensures material scrap is at minimum levels. Evaluate material specifications and drive test procedures to optimize performance. Work with Operations and vendors to improve Raw and Packaging Materials performance. ManpowerProvide leadership, guidance and training to employees by developing and implementing plans to improve operator abilities. Instruct personnel on how to correct or enhance performance. Ensure efficient use of resources to maximize labor savings. Coordinate with Operations Manager to insure proper skilled employees are available for production lines to meet production goals and labor standards. Develop skills in the Operations group to build quality into the production process. QUALIFICATIONS •A College degree in Food Science, Food Engineering, or a related science/engineering field. •5 or more years experience preferred. •Knowledge of Food Plant GMP's, SOP's desirable. •Strong knowledge of SPC implementation. •Must have effective coaching, facilitation, presentation, and team building skills. •Must have experience with Continuous Improvement Methodologies •Knowledge and application of tools such as Visual Factory Management, 5S, and Continuous Improvement. •Experience managing 40-50 hourly employees •Experience working in a large facility •Experience working on packaging equipment is not a must but desirable.